Institutional Partnerships and Policy Process to Boost Productivity of Rainfed Agriculture in Karnataka, India : A Case Study of Bhoochetana uri icon


  • The vast majority of farmers in the developing world aresmallholders. An estimated 85 per cent o f them farm less than 2hectares (World Bank, 2008). Moreover, 75 per cent of poor peoplelive in rural areas, of which 2.1 billion survive on less than $2 aday and 880 million on less than $1 a day. Most of them depend onagriculture for their livelihoods (World Bank, 2009). Thus, promotingintegrated sustainable agriculture farming systems to meet foodand nutrition needs is imperative for meeting the MillenniumDevelopment Goals (MDGs) of halving poverty and hunger by 2015(United Nations, 1995). This requires complementary knowledgefrom formal agricultural R8cD (research and development) andsupport from policies and other institutions. Therefore, in order toaccelerate sustainable agricultural development, it is essential to linkformal and informal knowledge and innovation. Innovations needto involve technologies, organisations, institutions or policies forsignificant improvement in performance

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  • 2017